‘In the Middle of Every Difficulty Lies Opportunity’

How to Stay Wired to Successfully Deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic Can I be completely honest with you? I certainly don’t in any way mean to minimize the very real human toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacted. However, I’m finding this whole coronavirus mess to be...

The Next Chapter

Laundry Industry Veteran Stephen Gramaglia Discusses His New Life as a First-Time Store Owner After more than 20 years of helping would-be laundromat owners finance their entrepreneurial dreams, Stephen Gramaglia has opened his own vended laundry business – CleanFresh...

The Lifeblood of Your Laundromat

A Look at the Current Utilities Markets – And What Laundry Owners Are Doing to Control Costs Natural gas futures collapsed to a 25-year low below $1.50 per MMBtu in late June, due in part to an ongoing supply glut made worse by the coronavirus-induced drop off in...

Wash with Wally: Ozone Injection vs. COVID-19

My laundromat has two banks of washers – for a total of 16 machines – that feature ozone injection. I was wondering if ozone is effective at killing the COVID-19 virus. If so, I will definitely want to begin extensively promoting and advertising this feature of my...

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CLA COVID-19 Update

The Coin Laundry Association closely monitors updates regarding the coronavirus pandeminc. Click here to learn more and access resources.

HR in the Age of COVID-19

HR in the Age of COVID-19

An Interview with Human Resources Expert Claudia St. John Claudia St. John is the founder and president of Affinity HR Group Inc., a national human resources and management consulting firm specializing in hiring, recruiting, HR compliance and employee engagement....

Opening New Doors of Opportunity

Opening New Doors of Opportunity

Here’s What You Need to Know Before Adding Automatic Doors to Your Laundromat In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many laundromat owners are currently reevaluating every aspect of their stores’ operations. For many operators, this includes the potential addition of...

Are You Covered?

Are You Covered?

What Laundry Owners Need to Know About Their Business Insurance During These Difficult Times According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses in the U.S. “are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.”...

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Make 2020 Count

“The more people, the more dirty clothes.” – Ancient laundromat wisdom Time flies, as do the decades. Despite the ongoing pandemic and economic concerns, there’s a headcount to be made in 2020. The original constitutional edict from the framers comes to life in the...

Clean 2021 Booth Sales Now Open to 2019 Exhibitors

The Clean Show is now accepting booth space contracts for next year’s event from all of the exhibitors who participated in the 2019 show. Space is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Sales will open to all other companies interested in exhibiting this fall....

CLA Board of Directors Issues Statement Rejecting Racism

Today, the Coin Laundry Association’s Board of Directors issued the following statement: The Coin Laundry Association’s mission is “to advance the self-service laundry industry by providing store operators with the industry research, connectivity, education and other...

Clean 2019 Listed Among Top Trade Shows

Trade Show News Network, which covers the latest news and trends in the trade show industry, has ranked the Clean Show at No. 83 in its listing of Top 250 Trade Shows of 2019. The annual list is based on net square feet of paid exhibit space. Clean 2019 in New Orleans...

Speed Queen Opens 700th Branded Laundry

Speed Queen recently reached a milestone by opening its 700th branded laundromat, with the launch of its new store in Orbassano, Italy. “New investors and entrepreneurs continue to leverage the brand equity and our proven business model of Speed Queen-branded...

What’s on My Bookshelf?

The ‘Best of the Best’ from the Author’s Own Personal Business Library I’ve had the same office in the same building for the last 15 years – from which my brother, Fred, and I run our laundry machinery distributorship. As with most repetitive actions, when I arrive to...

Let the Buyer Beware

What You Should Never Do When Looking to Purchase an Existing Laundromat In recent years, thanks in part to writing for this magazine, as well as getting the opportunity to speak to store owners through the Coin Laundry Association’s Connect LIVE program, I’ve been...

Staying Power

Looking Ahead to the Future of Laundromats The coronavirus outbreak has significantly impacted all of our lives in some way or another. Some of us have witnessed the dangers of this virus first-hand and the very real health concerns it presents. Many others have lost...

PlanetLaundry Podcast, Episode 5: Are You Covered?

In this episode we will hear from Jason Rehor, an account executive with Associated Agencies and your representative for CLA Insurance. Jason can be reached at (847) 427-3524, or email: jrehor@associated.cc. You can read the full story entitled “Are You Covered? What...

HappyNest Launches Chicago Location

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest has expanded into the Chicago market. “Having made good inroads along the East Coast and continuing to grow that market, we also want to find the best operators in the Midwest region, and Atukwe Newell and the Bubbleland...

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Webinar: Pros and Cons of Building a New Laundromat

CLA will host successful store operators who will share their experiences in building a new laundromat and what they learned along the way. Register today.

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2020 Industry Survey

For the last 24 years, the CLA has enlisted the help of Readex Research to conduct a comprehensive laundry industry survey. Learn more…

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This Month's Issue

  • The Lifeblood of Your Laundromat:  A Look at the Current Utilities Markets – And What Laundry Owners Are Doing to Control Costs
  • Federal Reserve, U.S. Mint Team Up to Alleviate Coin Shortage
  • Wash-Dry-Fold: Independent Contractors vs. Store Employees
  • Up Close: Industry Veteran Stephen Gramaglia Discusses His New Life as a
    First-Time Store Owner
  • And more…

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Florida Franchisor Looks to Expand National Footprint

WaveMAX Laundry – a vended laundry franchisor based in Jacksonville, Fla., currently with 16 laundromat locations across multiple states – is looking to aggressively boost its share of the market. The brand has an additional 24 locations under development and nearly...

Clean 2021 Booth Sales Now Open to 2019 Exhibitors

The Clean Show is now accepting booth space contracts for next year’s event from all of the exhibitors who participated in the 2019 show. Space is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Sales will open to all other companies interested in exhibiting this fall....

CLA Board of Directors Issues Statement Rejecting Racism

Today, the Coin Laundry Association’s Board of Directors issued the following statement: The Coin Laundry Association’s mission is “to advance the self-service laundry industry by providing store operators with the industry research, connectivity, education and other...

Clean 2019 Listed Among Top Trade Shows

Trade Show News Network, which covers the latest news and trends in the trade show industry, has ranked the Clean Show at No. 83 in its listing of Top 250 Trade Shows of 2019. The annual list is based on net square feet of paid exhibit space. Clean 2019 in New Orleans...

Speed Queen Opens 700th Branded Laundry

Speed Queen recently reached a milestone by opening its 700th branded laundromat, with the launch of its new store in Orbassano, Italy. “New investors and entrepreneurs continue to leverage the brand equity and our proven business model of Speed Queen-branded...

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For Rent

For Rent

A Linen Rental Service May be the Perfect Way to Keep Your Washers Turning – And Your Business Growing Traditionally, when we speak of doing commercial accounts work in a laundromat setting, we’re most often talking about customer-owned goods. This is where the...

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What’s on My Bookshelf?

What’s on My Bookshelf?

The ‘Best of the Best’ from the Author’s Own Personal Business Library I’ve had the same office in the same building for the last 15 years – from which my brother, Fred, and I run our laundry machinery distributorship. As with most repetitive actions, when I arrive to...

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Thriving in an Urban Setting

Simple, Effective Tactics for Building Business in Today’s Growing Metro Areas The data is clear. Pew Research recently shared that more people than ever are moving to urban areas and the diversity of our nation’s cities is increasing dramatically. For business...

Go Beyond Basic Website Maintenance

Three Tips to Help ‘Future-Proof’ Your Business’ Site One of the biggest draws of the vended laundry industry is that it’s “future-proof.” In other words, unless there’s some type of apocalypse that none of us see coming, people are going to need to do their laundry....

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A Decade of Transformation

“Call me crazy, but I like to see other people happy and succeeding. Life is a journey, not a competition.” I read that quote years ago on a billboard somewhere, and it just resonated with me. So, when I became a CLA Board member, I knew my purpose was to help others...

[Video] The New CLA

“Change is inevitable; growth is optional.” – John C. Maxwell Happy New Year! As we enter a new year and a new decade, the Coin Laundry Association is looking forward to celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2020. Video Of course, we’re understandably proud of this long...

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